Wednesday, March 30, 2011

Easter Card Class

Easter is coming! It will be here before we know it. I have scheduled my Easter Class for next week. My customers will be making 4 different Easter cards with 2 of each one. I have posted 3 cards I have done. The one at the end I am pretty sure I am scrapping though. I did not like it. I am planning on making another one to take its place.

The first card you see above is using the stamp set "Easter Blossoms" from the Occasions Mini Catalog. If you are interested in getting it you need to do so by April 30th. The colors I used to create this card are marina mist, soft suede, and very vanilla. I used my Big Shot with the embossing folder elegant bouquet on the marina mist cardstock.

The second card above is made using the stamp set "Just Believe." I love the saying, because our faith in Christ is based on this. I thought it made an excellent saying for Easter. The colors used in this card are certainly celery, crumb cake, daffodil delight, and whisper white. This is a fast card to make. It turns out beautifully too!
The third card you see above is actually the first card I had made. This is the one I am going to discard from the class. I don't know what it is that I really don't like about it, but I just don't. I used concord crush, very vanilla, pretty in pink, basic gray, and lap of luxury designer series paper.

In case you are wondering, I do have another card made for this class. I still need to take pictures of it. I decided I will post it when I get the 4th card made and post them at the same time.

Thank you for taking the time to stop by my blog. If you have a minute or two please leave a comment. Also be watching in the next few days for another post that will have the other 2 cards for my Easter Card Class.

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Monday, March 14, 2011

More Cards of Elegance

Here are the other two cards I made for the "Cards of Elegance Class." To be honest, I ended up changing the build a blossom on the first card you see. I had originally used white embossing powder on each leaf. I could not settle on it. I did not like it. I thought I would try using bravo burgundy classic ink, instead. That was the winner for me. I decided to go with it. I was so much happier. Color makes a huge difference in what you think of a card. At least, for me it does.

This is a close up of the ribbon. I just zig zagged it back and forth. I found using snail was not strong enough to hold the ribbon in place. I ended up having to use sticky strip to get it to stay. I don't want my friends/customers going home and having their ribbons come undone on them.

This card was the very last one I made. I really love the colors in the Greenhouse Gala Designer Series Paper. What really seemed to add to it was when I added in the two branches. The other thing I used was crystal effects on the brown part of the big flower. I don't know if you can really tell that much in this picture though.

This picture shows the dimension a little bit. To make the branches have texture I just took a stampin' spot (always artichoke) and stamped up and down on them. I also added a clear rhinestone brad to the flower.

This class should be a lot of fun to do. I am looking forward to it.
Thanks for stopping by my little corner of the world. Please leave a comment if you have a minute.

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Tuesday, March 8, 2011

Cards of Elegance

Do you ever look at a card and just think to yourself, "Now, that is elegant?" I don't mean pretty or beautiful, either, I mean "elegant." For my upcoming card class, that is what I was wanting to try and accomplish. Cards with elegance!
The layered example below was really the second card I had made. I was not sure at first if it was going to have the elegant look about it, but in the end, I believe, that it does fit into that category. I believe it took adding some rhinestones and dimension to give it the look of elegance I was looking for. I would love to hear if you think it is elegant or not. I will not be offended if you don't agree.
This is a close up of the dimension that is on the card pictured below. This was also the first card I had made for my class. I thought right away that this was definitely an elegant card. The stamp set "vintage vogue" is such a great set to get the look of elegance.

Of course, I had to show you the total picture of what the card looked like. I did end up changing two things on the card though. At first, the saying "thank you" was in an oval shape. I didn't think it looked right. The other thing I changed was adding the design to the saying. The original I only had the saying, which left it white and boring, in my opinion.

I have two more cards to come up with yet to be finished with my elegance class. Pray I can figure them out. I do have a couple of ideas in my head, but I need to make them into reality.
Thanks for looking. If you have any questions about these cards feel free to ask by leaving it in a comment. Also, tell me what you think of these.
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Wednesday, March 2, 2011

Two Step Owl Birthday

My husband turned 50 the 19th of February. I have already decided when it is my turn I am not going to like it. Something about that number makes me think "OLD." Enough said about that though. On to what I am posting. My husband likes owls. I wanted to somehow incorporate an owl into his card. I finally came up with the idea of making it look like it is holding a happy birthday sign with its feet. I picked the colors from the current IB & C catalog. I do that sometimes when I can't figure out colors to use.
This first picture shows the layers of the card. Most of the time when you take a picture facing right at it you can't see the layers. This is why I took this view and posted it on here.

When I was totally finished with this card, I was pleased with the end results. Believe it or not, I am not always totally pleased with what I make. I am sure some of you feel the same way when you make something too.

Stampin' Up! supplies used to create this card are below.
Cardstock: pumpkin pie, marina mist rich razzleberry, wild wasabi, and whisper white
Classic Ink: rich razzleberry and pumpkin pie
Stamp set: punch bunch (sal-a-bration catalog)
Tools: big shot, build a cupcake punch, 2 step owl punch, two step bird punch (branches), scallop square punch, perfect polka dots embossing folder, mat pack and paper piercing tool, and stampin' sponge
Accessories: brights brads and 1/4" whisper white grosgrain ribbon

If this has inspired you to pull out your tools and make are card, please leave me a comment and tell me. Thanks for looking and have a great day!

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